Lab.gruppen is claiming ‘a breakthrough in networked and DSP-enabled power amplifiers’ with the launch of its IPD (Intelligent Power Drive) Series. The IPD Series brings the Sedish manufacturer’s established performance and reliability with DSP features and ‘surprising affordability’.

Offering high power density in a 1U-high frame, two power configurations are available – the IPD 1200 and IPD 2400, with power outputs (2 x 600W and 2 x 1.2kW at 4Ω, respectively). Both incorporate integrated DSP, networked monitoring and control via computer or iPad, a four-channel input matrix, fully configurable front panel controls with graphic display, analogue and AES3 inputs (with redundant failover), and Lab.gruppen limiters.

At the heart of the IPD Series platform is a DSP engine equipped with 40 real-time, multi-slope parametric EQs with adjustable gain, input delay, output delay, and high-pass and low-pass filters adjustable to any frequency. A Software Configurable Voltage Peak Limiter (SCVPL) tailors outputs to load conditions, while a four-channel input mixer provides flexible input routing. Parameters may be stored in up to 100 user-defined presets, and processing is applied through touch-based GUI of the IntelliDrive Controller. Available for PC, Mac and as a dedicated iPad app, this software interface allows remote system tuning over Ethernet or wirelessly via a suitable wi-fi router.

The IPD Series front panel echoes the Lab.gruppen flagship PLM (Powered Loudspeaker Management) Series, with both models featuring integrated rack handles, a backlit graphic display with horizontal vu meters, push-buttons for mute and menu navigation, and a rotary encoder. Rear-panel connections include paired XLR analogue inputs with link outputs; XLR input and link output for AES3 digital; binding post and speakOn output connectors with both channels available via one speakOn; Ethernet networking connection, and locking IEC power connector.

‘When my father, Kenneth Anderson, and Dan Bavholm started Lab.gruppen, their goal was to serve the local musical community with great-sounding and affordable products.’ says Lab.gruppen Product Manager for Touring, Martin Andersson. ‘Over the past 30 years we have advanced our technology to create innovative, “best-in-class” power amplifiers, including the legendary fP Series and our flagship PLM Series – the platform of choice for international touring and prestige installations. Now with IPD Series, we’ve put everything we’ve learned into a product that will serve a wider market – delivering on both performance and value.’

IPD Series models weighing 4.6kg (10.1lbs) for the IPD 1200 and 6.2kg (13.7lbs) for the IPD 2400.

Key features:
· Powerful DSP with a total of 40 real-time, multi-slope adjustable parametric EQs
· Networked control via IntelliDrive Controller touch-based GUI (Windows, Mac, iPad)
· Software configurable limiters (SCVPL)
· AES3 and analogue inputs with redundant failover
· Full control and vu metering via front-panel display
· 100 user-definable presets
· Four-channel input mixer


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